After yesterday's fun outing at Rabbit Ears Pass, we returned for more fun this morning.
|One of the occasional stretches where we were able to open up the throttle a little bit|
(but not much!)
We expected this but since it was nice up high yesterday and not too warm, we were hoping the hunting vehicles did not do as much damage to the terrain as they did. Well, we were wrong...
|Most of the day looked like this photo: tire tracks for Max & Zorro with center snow for my|
skis and intermittent puddles in the tracks.
|All white for a while as Max & Zorro take the same tracks to pick up the speed a bit.|
We did hit a handful of "oh my god" patches. Here is one such patch:
|Yikes - look at all that exposed ground! But, enough snow to still keep a gentle jog as I have|
the skis on the shoulder as Max jogs in the mud and Zorro on the snow (Zorro NEVER lets
his feet touch dirt or mud if he can help it!)
At our midpoint break and Max provided some entertainment for Zorro and I:
|"Watch me roll a snow angel - wheeee!" demonstrates silly Max as Zorro and I watch.|
Once we saw the vehicle damage to the trail, we quickly adjusted our route for the day to keep the elevations minimal. As a result, we were able to trot a surprising 8 miles by keeping the total elevation climbed to only 600 feet. It was "trotting for miles and miles" as we could keep going but never really open the throttle as our top speed was a modest 14 MPH. An 8 mile gentle jog on snow - it is still better than summer. But, PRAY FOR SNOW - we need more!
2015/2016 Season to Date: 7 days on the trails covering 55.8 miles with 5700 feet of elevation climbed.